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In 2019-2020 my family went through an annus horribilis that left us asking ourselves what else could possibly go wrong.
We found out!
As I, like everyone else, struggled to come to grips with overwhelming anxiety and grief while figuring out how to stay connected (and fed!), I started to wonder how my father and his parents had weathered the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. A little digging in the family archives led me to conclude that my grandparents, who chose the summer of 1918 to move from a pandemic hotspot in Brooklyn, NY to an even hotter hotspot in the Boston area, were extremely fortunate to have escaped its fury. Unlike most influenza epidemics, the so-called Spanish flu disproportionately affected younger adults as well as children, while largely sparing older people. Both my grandparents were in the highest-risk age group; my grandmother, pregnant with her second child, was especially vulnerable. My father, age three, was also at elevated risk.
Many have commented on how little attention this pandemic received in the years that followed. Certainly neither of my grandparents ever spoke of it in my presence.The latest post to my Project Diana blog looks at how my father's family navigated the challenges of that earlier and even more deadly pandemic (luckily for me, successfully!).
Stories I'm working on:
To the Moon and Back: The Human and Scientific Legacy of Project Diana
My father's work was only part, albeit an important part, of the long and proud history of the Army Signal Corps. Watch for my upcoming post.
And now that I've tracked down the King side of my father's family, I'm preparing to address the more fraught history of the Stodola side.